How your skin changes in your 30s
During your thirties, your hormone levels start to decrease and the rate of collagen and elastin production lowers; you’ll notice this as sagging and bagging. “Cell turn-over becomes slower during your thirties, so your expression lines won’t bounce back quite like they did”, says Lorraine Scrivener, skin expert at Eden Skin Clinic.
Your past starts to catch up with you too. Fine lines start to appear around your eyes and frown lines start to become more apparent. “By this age, most of us will have some evidence of late nights and UV damage creeping in”, says Dr Anita Sturnham GP, Dermatologist and founder of Nuriss clinics.
You may also find that your skin is either dry or oily. “As a result of slower cell turnover, your skin’s ability to fight inflammation is reduced, which could lead to breakouts or in some cases adult acne”, Scriver explains.
Skincare Ingredients And Products To Avoid In Your 30s
Your twenties might have been filled with the convenience of taking off makeup with a face wipe, but your skin isn’t as resilient in your thirties. There really is a difference between skincare in your 30s and 20s.
“Wipes are too abrasive for your skin in your thirties”, explains Scrivener. “They might also contain alcohol, to remove makeup quickly, which can disturb your skin’s natural barrier function, leading to sensitivity and dehydration”.
According to a study from La Roche Posay, 62% of women say their skin is reactive, irritable and intolerant, so choosing the right products is essential to maintain healthy skin.
“If you have had a reaction that’s led to areas of pigmentation, don’t use bleaching agents to try to lighten it”, warns Dr Sturnham. “This can potentially worsen pigmentation and lead to scarring”.